Heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. Each year, about 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack, and heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US.
When a clot clogs an artery that supplies the heart muscle with oxygen-rich blood, the heart muscle lacks oxygen and this usually leads to death in that part of the myocardium.
The fault of having this risk may be you, if you are eating unhealthy, leading an unhealthy lifestyle, if you smoke etc. the biggest risk factors for this life-threatening condition are high cholesterol levels, obesity, smoking, sedentary lifestyle.
Researchers find that men are more exposed to heart attacks.
What symptoms should worry you enough to go see a doctor and check your health situation?
- A backache- Pain or discomfort may spread beyond your chest to your shoulders, arms, back, neck, teeth or jaw. You may have upper body pain with no chest discomfort
- Discomfort in the jaw
- Chest pain- This discomfort or pain can feel like a tight ache, pressure, fullness or squeezing in your chest lasting more than a few minutes. This discomfort may come and go.
- Pain in the left arm
Heart attack symptoms vary widely. For instance, you may have only minor chest discomfort while someone else has excruciating pain. One thing applies to everyone, though: If you suspect you’re having a heart attack, call for emergency medical help immediately.